study of mental health among Australia's gays is
revealing alarming levels of depression. The Australian
Research Center in Sex, Health, and Society polled
5,500 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people
and discovered that almost three quarters of them
have struggled with depression, that nearly half
reported at least one sign of a major depressive
episode, and more than 15% of gay men had experienced
Study coauthor Anne Mitchell said she and her
colleagues were shocked by the findings. She told
Australian newspaper The Age, "We went back to
check the data twice to make sure we didn't make a
mistake--it was so striking."
The study did note one positive trend:
Depression rates decreased sharply as the respondents
got older. "It was reassuring that older people grow
out of these problems by finding safe and stable
environments and good supportive groups around them,"
Mitchell told The Age.
Earlier this week, a study in Northern Ireland
revealed that 25% of young gay men there had attempted
suicide. (Sirius OutQ News)